January 18, 2020
Happy New Year!
2020 was certainly a challenging year for us all. While our social connections are still extremely limited, there is an end in sight and we look forward to the day when we can spend time with you all again!
The extension of BC’s health orders until February 5th means that the Centre will remain closed for the time being. Special Interest Groups that are able to meet via Zoom continue during the closure, including men’s and women’s fitness classes. CB55+’s e-mail account is checked on a regular basis and incoming mail is processed while the office is closed. The Board continues to monitor the situation and conduct our monthly meetings via Zoom to take care of CB55’s ongoing business.
Keep up to date on CB55+ news by clicking on the “Community Connections” tab above.
November 20, 2020
In view of the new COVID-19 health orders introduced yesterday, Nov. 19th, 2020, by Dr. Bonnie Henry and also our vulnerable population group, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all CB55+ activities that take place at the Centre while the orders are in force. Activities offered at the Centre by Saanich (line dancing and yoga) have been cancelled by Saanich.
Please ensure any CB55+ activities that take place outside the Centre (hiking, walking, pickleball, etc.) conform to current COVID-19 health orders. Note that social gatherings such as coffee breaks with CB55+ members outside your immediate bubble are restricted at this time.
Activities conducted via Zoom such as Men’s and Women’s Fitness and other individual Special Interest Groups will continue.
We hope that by December 7th BC cases will decline sufficiently to allow Dr. Henry to bring in more relaxed Covid health guidelines that will allow for the reopening of the Centre.
We sincerely thank you for your support during this difficult time! CB55+ Board Executive and CB55+ Reopening Committee
November President’s Message
Halloween has come and gone and the shorter, cooler days are moving us back indoors. It was an enjoyable summer for those groups who were able to meet outdoors and we applaud our leaders for being creative. The Golf and Pickleball groups had record turnouts thanks to efforts of their leaders. The Happy Strummers, Art Group, Ping Pong, Walking Group and others met all through the summer but now we are able to cautiously move back indoors. It was wonderful to see some of your smiling faces back at the Centre last week with Barb Waldner leading the first Tuesday Morning Social in seven months. While we are proceeding cautiously with the gradual opening of the Centre following the Public Health Guidelines, some of our groups are continuing to meet electronically via Zoom and some are meeting both in person at the Centre and via Zoom.
The Board has continued to meet monthly to conduct the business of the Association. Our Communications team will be producing a monthly Update Letter replacing the weekly/biweekly Update Letters distributed over the past few months. The monthly Update Letter will Include a Board Report prepared by our Board Secretary, Sue Jergens.
I want to acknowledge and thank the dedicated volunteers that keep us in touch and have enabled us to reopen and to operate going forward. A special mention to Andrea Lindsay, Office Coordinator, for her dedication to keeping the administrative functions running smoothly.
Take care and stay healthy,
The Centre re-opens Tuesday, October 13 – Welcome back!
Plans are in place to allow us to open the Centre in mid-October to resume those activities that can be accommodated under COVID restrictions. While we will not be holding any large gatherings or activities that require close groups, we will be able to get together and socialize again in smaller group activities while following social distancing and other Public Health requirements.
Hours of Operation: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
CB55+ Office Hours: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (Temporarily)
NOTE: Please do not park in the school parking lot on Cordova Bay Rd. Use the parking lot off Sapphire St. or park on the street. Enter by the SE door (by the washrooms) unless you require the ramp in front of the school for access.
Covid-19 Restart Rules are posted throughout the Centre, and must be followed.
1) Use sanitizer upon entering the Centre.
2) Sign name when you enter.
3) Keep physical distance of 2 metres as much as possible.
4) Wear a mask when entering and moving about the Centre.
5) Respect room capacity numbers and don’t linger in the hallway.
For information regarding scheduled Activities please see the Fall edition of the Blue Heron News by clicking on the Blue Heron News tab above.
The CB55 Plus Centre remains closed until further notice.
Given our demographic being a higher risk and the guidelines for group gatherings and physical distancing (“groups of around 2 to 6 and preferably outdoors”) there are no plans to open the Centre at this time. The Board continues to be in contact and will monitor and follow the Government and Public Health directives and guidelines and keep you informed of any changes.
While we will continue to miss socializing together at the Centre and within our groups, there may be other ways to carry on some of our activities and stay connected via videoconferencing and small groups outdoors. Please check out the Groups tab above and the News section of the Summer edition of the Blue Heron News for updates on what groups are doing. Thank you to Brenda Hurd and Judy Burgoyne for their ongoing work in producing the newsletter.
I hope you are enjoying the Weekly Update conceived to keep us connected. Thank you to Sue Jergens, Jan Grewar and Patricia Huston for the fine job they are doing on putting this together.
We have added two new tabs on the CB55+ website: “Weekly Updates” to enable you to easily access the Updates and any links they contain, and “Member Contributions”. The Member Contributions tab are where we will place member submissions to share with other members. There are member’s short stories, poems and pictures for you to enjoy. We invite you to send along something that you would like to share, e.g. your stories, poems or other creations. Send your submissions to one of the Communications Team listed in the Weekly Updates. Thank you to David Squance for keeping our website updated.
In response to recent announcements regarding COVID-19 from Saanich Recreation and Public Health agencies, CB55+ is temporarily cancelling all Activities and closing the Centre as of today, March 18, until further notice.
AS A RESULT THE AGM SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 31 IS POSTPONED.
It’s important to be aware of our vulnerable members and to reach out to them with offers of support where possible. We will miss seeing each other but know that we will keep in contact with one another by phone and email to offer each other support as we go through this.
Public Heath experts say social distancing is not an over-reaction, especially within our demographic.
Keep healthy and stay safe.
For COVID-19 information please refer to the Island Heath information link below and the attached Patient Handout.